What is an ISVA?
An ISVA (or Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) is a person who is trained and experienced to look after your needs following an experience of sexual violence, abuse or exploitation.
They specialise in looking after people who have suffered any unwanted sexual experience, regardless of when the incident happened, or characteristics such as gender or sexuality.
In particular, they offer information and advice regarding criminal justice systems. However, there is never any pressure or obligation to report to the police. An ISVA is there to help you decide what next steps are best for you.
If you have experienced a recent incident, please call Yellow Door and ask for a member of the ISVA team.
"Your ISVA support got me through the most traumatic experience of my life."
"You helped me find myself again. And helped me find my confidence when I thought it was gone forever."
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA)
How can an ISVA help me?
After you are referred to the service, you will be allocated with your own ISVA. They will take time to speak to you and listen to what's going on for you and what your needs are to ensure you receive care and understanding.
An ISVA can talk to you about the criminal justice system. They can help you to understand the processes such as reporting to the police, providing a statement and retrieving evidence. This can be very helpful for anyone who is thinking about reporting but unsure of the processes.
If you choose to report to the police, your ISVA can be there to support you through it. They can be there to offer you help, support and reassurance throughout the entire process. They are there to make the process as easy as possible for you and to make sure your needs are looked after.
How do I refer?
You are welcome to refer yourself to access ISVA support at any time. Our ISVA team will get in touch with you as soon as possible. If you have experienced a recent incident, please call Yellow Door and ask for a member of the ISVA team.